St. Francis wastewater treatment facility modification is open for public review

Contact: Mary Connor, 651-757-2629

St. Paul, Minn. — The city of St. Francis is constructing a new treatment facility at its existing wastewater treatment location, including a new lift station and new treatment components. The project also involves closing the facility’s discharge outfall to the Rum River and expanding its discharge to Seelye Brook. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through May 27, 2015.

The EAW is meant to describe the ways in which the proposed expansion could affect air, water, land use and habitat, as well as potential community impacts, such as odors, noise, dust and vehicle traffic.

The proposal calls for construction of an activated sludge biological nutrient removal treatment system at the St. Francis facility, which consists of fine screening, grit removal, aerated basins, filters, disinfection, biosolids storage and more. Treated effluent is discharged into Seelye Brook.

The public is invited to review and comment on the EAW, which is available on the MPCA’s Environmental Assessment Worksheets webpage. The MPCA will use the comments it receives to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide whether a more comprehensive environmental review, an Environmental Impact Statement, is needed.

Comments must be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. May 27, 2015 to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194, by email to kevin.kain@state.mn.us, or by fax to 651-297-2343. Copies of the EAW are also available for review at this address, or upon request by calling 651-757-2101. Questions should be directed to Kevin Kain at 651-757-2482.